Man On Wire

Interview

Friday, July 25, 2008

It had all the glamor, conspiracy, and danger of a classic heist movie, but it was real –- and the hero was wearing slippers. Philippe Petit’s unauthorized walk on a high wire between the World Trade Center towers transfixed the world in 1974, and it’s now the subject of the documentary "Man on Wire." Kurt visits the site of the walk (now Ground Zero) with Petit and director James Marsh.

    Music Playlist
  • Fish Beach
    Artist: Michael Nyman
    Album: Drowning by Numbers soundtrack
    Label: Venture
    Purchase: Amazon

Guests:

James Marsh and Philippe Petit

Comments [6]

Jenny from Studio 360

Hi Sean --

The music introducing this piece is "Fish Beach" by Michael Nyman, from the soundtrack to "Drowning by Numbers" (Venture).
(We try to list all of the music we use on the episode page -- click on the "Music" link under the segment.)

Hope you enjoy!

Aug. 01 2008 12:48 PM
Sarah Harding from Portland, OR

More on this subject is the Winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, by Mordicai Gerstein. This beautiful book, for children of all ages, gives us a different way to remember the twin towers.

Jul. 27 2008 11:39 PM
Vic from Bernardsville, N.J.

After listening to the interviews on WNYC's, Leonard Lopate, and NPR's Studio 360, I was driven to see this film. It was a special event, and I wanted to be there last night at the Sunshine Cinema for the post-screening Q&A with Philippe Petit and James Marsh.
Overwhelmingly,(& no surprise), the audience's interest was with Philippe Petit, and not so much with the storyteller, James Marsh.
I am no film critic, but in retrospect, balancing humor and tension, James Marsh really brought to life Petit's story of, "To Reach The Clouds."
I was there looking to be transported, and I was ~
"Look!"
"Look Up!" "A Man walking in the sky..."
(He's there still.)

Jul. 27 2008 09:31 AM
Sean from Brooklyn, NY

Please name the piece of music introducing this piece.

Jul. 26 2008 10:54 AM
Linda

It looks insane to the balance-challenged, but Philippe Petit stretched the boundaries of human capabilities and imagination, and did it with extraordinary grace and aplomb. He decided he had the skill to pull it off and thankfully, he was right! Looking at this video with post-9-11 eyes we might ask, how far has the human spirit fallen since 1974, when anything seemed possible?

Jul. 25 2008 03:46 PM
Karin from Seattle, Washington

He outdid a friend of mine, who was climbing one of the towers at night, but whose friends tried to convince him to do it legally. He practiced for quite some time and never wound up doing it publically.

Jul. 25 2008 12:18 PM

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